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De Molen Spanning & Sensatie

Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Imperial Stout
Bodegraven, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   IBU: 61   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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Brewed with cacao, chilli peppers and sea salt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
motelpogo (6515) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 10, 2014
on tap at beergeek in prague. dark brown with a light haze and a lingering beige head; loads of dark chocolate in the aroma with hints of rye and sea breeze; faint suggestion of chilli tending towards red paprika, some bitter chocolate. excellent stuff

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
minutemat (1569) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2014
330ml bottle at mini-tasting with Redkipper @ Les Crepes de Sophie, Shrewsbury. Pours very dark brown with beige head. Initial chili aroma. Taste is dark roasted malts, the slightest whisper of chili and tingly sea salt on the tongue. Interesting concept, but sea-salt in beer really isn’t for me I’m afraid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rodenbach99 (3139) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2014
33 cl. Liquide embouteillé le 29/03/2013, Une robe brune avec un anneau de mousse. On reste dans le piment aujourd’hui. Un nez fruité avec des notes acides de piments. Une bouche de bière ratée, contaminée (?). Acide avec une touche de chocolat. Finale sur la maigreur. Ordinaire.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlovakSniper (3118) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2014
33 cl. Liquide embouteillé le 29/03/2013. Brune est la robe. La mousse forme un anneau respectable. Quelques pointes restent ici et là sur la paroi du verre. Au nez, le caramel est salé et le chocolat est épicé. Il y a une fumée qui s’étire dans mes narines. Au goût, c’est étrange. Il y a du chocolat doux, du sel et des piments. Rien d’agressif ni de trop intéressant. En bouche, je note un corps de moyenne densité avec un pétillement assez relâché et une texture huileuse. En finale, les éléments piquants sont soulignés par une petite chaleur d’alcool. Intéressante expérience. Merci à je ne sais plus qui.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beese (1667) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge. Poured a very dark brown, with a thin, scummy beige head and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate, brown bread and Oxo. Dark fruit flavours, with some peal and chilli heat, straight off the bat. Mouth feel was pretty thin, considering the style (and brewery). Finish was burnt malt, aniseed and somewhat tart fruit. Pretty decent, but honestly, I was expecting exceptional, so a bit disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (901) - oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 2, 2014
Botella de 33 cl en cimmeria en julio de 2013. Embotellada en 04-06-2012 para 5 años. Color muy oscuro con espuma beige. Aromas y sabores maltosos con toques de cacaos, chocolates y ligeros cafés tostados. Ligero final terroso y de chiles con un punto salado. Muy buena imperial stout, con un gran cuerpo de 9.8 vol y un final original perfectamente combinado y duradero en boca por unos minutos. Para repetir sin duda.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2593) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2014
330ml brown bottle. Black pour with a low sitting light brown head. Nose has cocoa/rich chocolate, light spice. Taste has cocoa, chocolate, coffee, caramel, salt, bitter roasted malt. A trace of peppery heat in the throat and a bit of a hop kick at the end as well. Big body, silky smooth. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (943) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle to tulip Wine, smoke, chili, plum, and cocoa. Dark brown with a reddish tinge under bright light. Thin creamy tan head with no lacing. Taste is chocolate, coffee, toasted malt and port.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bahumat (108) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 20, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2014 So nice I reviewed it twice! De Molen - Spanning & Sensatie Appearance: 4/5. Pours pure cola black-brown with lively carbonation but no manifest head. Very thin lacing. Aroma: 5/5/. Mmm. Smells like good, good imperial stout. Grassy-resin from the hops, sour-ish from the malts, sweetness, coffee chocolate... everything in the right balance. Taste: 10/10. Perfect. Rich chocolate start, rich coffee finish, sweet and malty and offering enough sourness to counterpoint the sweet. Palate: 4/5. Big, overwhelming start in the right way, with moderate astringency and an intense chocolate-coffee finish, with a long lingering sweetness at the back. Thick, to the point of unctutuous, it coats the mouth and won’t let go, but it’s an embrace I don’t mind at all. If anything the finish is too intense for me; not bitter, just *so much* coffee and chocolate lingering back there. Overall: 19/20. This one is, for my palate, absolutely world class. De Molen once again triumphs in the world of imperial stout. --- Old Rating June 20th, 2014: Aroma: 8/10. Sour and raisin-ey, sweet with some gentle bready notes. -- Appearance: 4/5. Dark brown to black pour, thin pale mocha head that dissipates within a few minutes. -- Taste: 10/10. Intense chocolate and sweetness, almost a cakey-ness. The right level of sour, and the chilli peppers and sea salt both nicely season the beer without overpowering anything. Outstanding. Palate: 3/5. Cloys like milk at the back of the throat with some peppery burning lingering. Pleasantly spicey, slightly astringent. Very good pairing with a strong pizza. Overall: 18/20. De Molen are world champions of imperial stouts and this is a great, strong entry by them into their collection. If you can’t find their 666, this is a great substitute. Or pair this beer with supper, and save their 666 for dessert. No matter how you cut it, it’s an excellent imperial stout. Well done, De Molen!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6670) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle, shared with my wife. Dark brown with an ashy-tan head, lively, leaving lace as it settles into the glass. Dark chocolate, hints of spice and smoke, accents of capsicum, finishing with a salty note and a very small peppery burn at the back of the throat. I liked this a lot, but then I like weird "foody" experimental beers, so maybe it isn’t for everyone.

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